For centuries, an underground labyrinth has been used to ripen and store the barley juice. The sandstone in the Forchheimer cellar forest is well degradable and therefore relatively simple studs could be beaten into the rock. Due to the constant temperature of 6-10 degrees Celsius it was ideal to store potatoes, beets and of course fermented beer. In the Cellar Forest there were soon three to four kilometers of aisles on an area of 20,000 square meters, many were also connected. The origins of the tunnels are expected to reach back to the 17th century. The oldest documented cellar, today's Schlössla cellar, was completed in 1609. Through modern brewing techniques, the Rock cellars lost their original meaning as "Bierlager". In the meantime, the more than 20 cellars no longer serve the maturing of beer, but as beer dispensers. In the past it was recommended to drink the beer where it is stored. Tables and benches were pitched in the cellar forest – the cellars were created. Most of the time, a bar was built above the basement, and the phrase "go to the basement" arose from this.
The highlight of the beer cellar season is the Annafest in Forchheim. More information about the Annafest can be found here.
That should be known about the Cellar forest!- Probably the largest beer garden in the world
- 23 beer cellars on an area of 20,000 square meters
- Several kilometers of underground passageways for beer storage
- Farmed all year from 15:00 - Franconian cuisine
- Own snack may be brought with you - Beer from all Forchheimer breweries and other Franconian breweries